We’ve refreshed our merchandise line with new t-shirts, drinkware, hats, a packable jacket and backpack, and a CS:GO-themed ZOWIE mouse. Browse the new Core Collection at the Valve store, and let us know what you think!
Today, we’re launching a new and improved method for matchmaking players who are likely to have a good experience playing together. For more details click here.
Today also marks the end of Operation Hydra. As the operation comes to a close, we’re making several changes to CS:GO:
Wingman was the most popular Operation Hydra Event, and will remain available for players with a few changes. Wingman matchmaking will feature community favorite Wingman maps from Operation Hydra, and players will now be able to select individual maps instead of having one randomly selected. Additionally, players will now have a Wingman skill group that will be used exclusively when matchmaking in Wingman.
With the War Games format, players were able to select their desired game mode and could select a new experience after a few rounds. We’re keeping the War Games format, and folding in some of CS:GO’s alternative game modes into that category. In the War Games tab, players will be able to select Arms Race, Demolition, or the most popular War Game of Operation Hydra, Flying Scoutsman!
Competitive Map Pool
Today we’re adding Agency to the Competitive map pool, and making some additional adjustments.
The Competitive Matchmaking map pool previously contained every map in CS:GO, making it difficult for new or recently updated maps to stand out among the crowd of available options and generating poor matches as a result. To address these problems, the least-played maps will no longer be featured in official Competitive Matchmaking. Over time, promising new or updated maps will enter the map pool, and less played maps will continue to be removed.
Casual Map Groups
To give players’ favorite maps a better chance of winning the vote, maps in the Casual game mode have been redistributed into new groups based on overall playtime. Some of the least-played maps have been removed from the pool, and some new maps have been added: Austria, Shipped, Agency, and Insertion. As with the Competitive Matchmaking map pool, the Casual map pool and map groups will be updated over time.
Thanks for all the feedback! The new Dust II is now live!
The quintessential CS:GO map, Dust II has been a classic since its original release. The map captures the essence of CS and in this new release we wanted to honor its pure form while buffing away the jagged edges. Click the image below to find out what’s new.
We will continue to update the map as more feedback comes in.
We’re excited to announce CS:GO’s next Major Championship Series will be hosted by ELEAGUE, with Playoffs taking place in Boston, January 26-28.
Two teams from Regional Minor Championships in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and CIS regions will advance as contenders at the ELEAGUE Major Qualifier.
Asia – October 26-29, Seoul
CIS – October 26-29, Bucharest
Europe – November 2-5, Bucharest
Americas – November 2-5, Toronto
Contenders, Challengers, Legends
For the first time, the CS:GO Major Qualifier, Group Stage, and Playoffs will take place across consecutive weekends, with all stages of the event streamed live on Twitch, ELEAGUE.com and YouTube.
It starts with the ELEAGUE Major Qualifier (Jan. 12-15) and ELEAGUE Major Group Stage (Jan. 19-22) at the ELEAGUE Arena in Atlanta. The event culminates with the Playoffs (Jan. 26-28) at the Agganis Arena in Boston, with the winner taking home their share of the $1,000,000 prize pool and becoming CS:GO Major Champions!
For tickets and more information, visit www.eleague.com
Operation Hydra will be extended until November 13th, and operation passes are now 50% off! This will give new players who joined us recently a chance to spend some time playing operation maps and events.
After Operation Hydra ends, some of its most popular features will live on.
First, the most-played operation game modes during the final month of the operation will be added to CS:GO. Second, the most played operation maps of the final month in Competitive Matchmaking and Casual (currently Agency and Austria, respectively) will replace the least played maps in those modes.
Which maps and modes will end up in CS:GO? It’s up to you, so jump into a match and add some playtime to your favorites!